Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lock Stitch for class

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And this one by Threads

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fun with papers and pixels

From a visual texture paper created for City and Guilds in about 1998, grabbed out of a box of papers this week and worked into up to today in three different ways -The story goes like this.... initially ripped paper shapes in card stock were glued to a ground and coated  irregularly with Polyfilla and water colour pigment  -Then left for nearly a decade... subsequently  worked over withwax crayon rubbing, Copic markers, water colour paint and Photoshop....
We get earth wind and fire.
Some would consider the lower image purer, it hasn't been 'photoshopped' is there such a verb as to Photoshop?... I guess there is now.

Click to enlarge this or that

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Finished #2 to Operatic accompaniment.

Photo to come later, I can't share till the bag has found its home.
Had to hand-stitch because my domestic machine can't get into the nooks and cranies that this bag demands to have stitched.
I now have perforated finger end.
And they are sore.
But the music made up for much.
Go to here: HERE for a little peace and tranquility
And when there is so much to dislike the internet for Shinae Choi Robinson posted this by Alexander McCall Smith writing on Soava Sia il Vento, which was an extra gift.
"Not only is this one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed, but the words are extraordinarily peaceful, generous and resolved. 'On your voyage, may the winds be gentle; may the waves be calm; may all the elements respond to your desires…' What more can we wish anyone setting off on life's journey? I listen to this several times a day; I never tire of it. It is music suffused with the greatest possible sympathy and humanity. It expresses what I want to feel about the world. It is the deepest truth."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

John's Input

As many of you know my hubby and I have separated... oh I love the drama of that.
Just for a year.
He - travelling the Americas
I - based in Calgary.
But I trained him well before he left so that we can still share my love of textiles.
Thanks J for directing me to the airport you spent many hours in recently.  Fortunately you had lots of  truly stunning and challenging fibre-works to look at.
And am I right that art is now fashionable... I spotted two billboards whose adverts have used art as a hook recently in Calgary... and may I take this opportunity of thanking Mayor Nenshi and others in Alberta's provincial government for clinging on to our public arts funding, even in stressed finances. Not that I am a devoted lover of the blue ring, but we have to allow for all types in this world.
Anyway back to fibre arts in airports and Davis Moye Associates... Fine arts... Creative Solutions....

Monday, February 9, 2015

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bags of delight

The fabrics for this bag came together by picking fabrics that would work challengingly alongside each other. The small evening bag is both crazy and simple at the same time.  It is very individual, but only individual enough to excite those who want to be different but not too different.
Email me if you are interested in purchasing or ordering.
And the name of this bag ought to be Challenge, but also Bags of Delight as that is how I felt when I discovered that I had mastered the creation of a central pocket with zip.
No fussy, flamboyant button, just a clean line magnetic snap.

The simplicity of the neat wristband in no way foreshadows what lies inside:
Zipperedly-safe back-pocket,  two voluminous open pockets, one central flat pocket and numerous slot concertina pockets for cheque cards or paper money.
What an amazing bag... I was thrilled that this bag came together so well, not a millimetre of fabric to get tucked in or hidden.
This is  a gem that I am sure I will work with in the future to make it even more my own - not a bad result for my mid-term bag.
And now I am off for my swim.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Latest - A bag for November or is it for Xmas

Quiet but not idle.  
Wendy and I have dedicated too many hours (or was it???, time will tell) to a grant proposal.  Writing a PhD thesis has nothing on that!

Here is my latest bag.. still not quite finished...  needs the nuclei adding to the cells. Don't worry your head about it, all will become clear later.
No time to edit the photo so it looks a bit strange with the diagonal woodgrain.  Hope it isn't too off-putting.  Try clicking the image to enlarge.

Original Bag by KJ from a series called Evolution.
 It has two pocket dividers, one is zippered.

I now feel like I am getting somewhere with this bag-making idea.
To express your interest in this (dare I say?) designer item please comment below.